Dr. Shakira Azan — ASHMuskoka Environmental Project Lead
Dr. Shakira Azan is an ecologist with more than 10 years’ experience in the environmental industry. Shakira holds a PhD in Biology from Queen’s University, Canada, where she investigated the individual and joint effects of the invasive Bythotrephes longimanus (spiny water flea) and calcium decline on zooplankton communities in Canadian Shield lakes. Prior to joining Friends of the Muskoka Watershed in 2017 as the Research and Development Officer under the HATSEO (“Hauling Ash to Solve Ecological Osteoporosis”) project, Shakira spent 11 years with the National Environment and Planning Agency in Jamaica, where she worked as a Conservation Biologist managing and protecting the island’s natural beauty.
Audrey van Petegem — Marketing Director
Audrey grew up in Gravenhurst and a huge part of her childhood was enjoying the surrounding lakes and forests. After living in the United States for 20 years, she returned with her family in order for her children to experience the type of childhood she had. Audrey brings to the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed an entrepreneur mindset, strategic marketer, event planner, published writer and passion for not only the environment but Muskoka as a whole.
Paul Grinnell — IT/Communications Director
Paul has a broad range of experience spanning a highly successful 30+ year
career in IT and Telecom. He is a former IT Director, Executive Consultant and technology architect, including roles in sales and business development where he was effectively able to bridge the gap between technology and business. Respected as a dynamic leader and creative thinker with a flair for making difficult concepts easy to understand, he has enjoyed successful collaborations with a variety of teams and business professionals to solve business and IT challenges, develop strategy, execute and deliver with excellence, continuously drive revenue, and find innovative ways to engage with clients and customers.
Now pursuing other ways to offer his knowledge and experience outside of the for-profit corporate world, Paul would define himself as a photographer, writer, woodworker, tinkerer, interpreter of sensory data, lover of dogs, nature, and all things earthy.